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Montgomery College to Host Storyteller, Ballad Singer, Renowned Folk Musician Sheila Kay Adams, April 2 Performance is Part of the Spring 2014 Frank Islam Athenaeum Symposia Series

Montgomery College will host, as part of the Frank Islam Athenaeum Symposia Speaker Series, storyteller and musician Sheila Kay Adams at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2 in Globe Hall on the Germantown Campus. Globe Hall is located in the High Technology and Science Center, 20200 Observation Drive in Germantown. The event is free and open to the public.

One of nine individuals to receive the 2013 National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, Adams was born and raised in Madison County, N.C., an area renowned for its unbroken tradition of unaccompanied singing dating back to the early Scots and English settlers of the mid-17th century. Adams will demonstrate her signature drop-thumb style claw-hammer skills on the five-string banjo, her Appalachian storytelling and her acclaimed ballad singing for an evening of North Carolina folk traditions.

Adams began performing in public in her teens and throughout her career has performed at festivals, events, music camps and workshops around the region, country and the United Kingdom. She performed at the acclaimed International Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tenn., the Smithsonian Folklife Festival as part of The Bicentennial Celebration and “Appalachia: Heritage and Harmony.”

Adams is the author of two books, “Come Go Home With Me,” a collection of stories published by the University of North Carolina Press and a 1997 winner of the North Carolina Historical Society’s award for historical fiction, and “My Old True Love,” a novel published by Algonquin Books in 2004. She has recorded several albums of ballads, songs and stories including, “My Dearest Dear,” “All the Other Fine Things” and Live at the International Storytelling Festival.” She’s also appeared in the movies, “Last of the Mohicans” and “Songcatcher,” a movie for which she also served as technical advisor and singing coach.

Adams’ books and CDs will be available for purchase after the concert. For more information, please visit or email For accommodations, please call 240-567-7734.

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